Healthcare Risk Management was honored recently in The Jesse H. Neal Awards, sponsored by the Association of Business Information & Media Companies of The Software Industry and Information Association. The awards were established in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media. Healthcare Risk Management was a finalist in the Best Subject-related Package category for our June 2014 issue laying out the hazards and successes of whistleblowers in healthcare management. This award was the eighth major one for HRM.
Any professional, ethical risk manager knows the right thing to do upon finding evidence of fraud within the healthcare employer. Notifying senior leadership and taking corrective action comes naturally, the story noted. But what if senior leadership doesn’t act to stop the fraud and make amends? At what point do you, the risk manager, pick up the phone and report the fraud to outside regulators? Can you become a whistleblower?
Experts consulted by Healthcare Risk Management concluded that risk managers can become whistleblowers; however, the choice is fraught with tremendous career risks and should be taken only after you are certain all other remedies have been tried, they said.